Unconventional Types Of Yoga You Didn’t Know About

Written by Chandni GhoshSep 15, 2016
From being an ancient practice to becoming a way of life for many, yoga has come a long way. While the regular forms of yoga still hold their magic, what’s interesting is that yoga today has branched out into several unconventional forms too that are slowly gaining momentum. Want to know what we’re talking about? Take a look.
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Laughter yoga

You might think that inducing laugh during a yoga session defeats the purpose of yoga given the fact that we’ve always been told that yoga brings about a calming effect on our minds and bodies. However, the idea behind this yoga is enjoying oneself to the fullest. It is believed that adding a dose of laughter to a regular yoga class makes the sessions far more interesting and enjoyable for students. Oh and you know how they say laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, laughter relaxes the muscles and increases blood circulation. So are we ready for some laughter yoga? Hell yeah!

Doga

Call it bizarre but yoga with your dog aka Doga is actually a thing! In this kind of yoga, a person brings his pooch along for a yoga session. These classes aim at massage as well as meditation for both the master as well as the dog. Sure, it could be a far cry from the regular quiet yoga classes but this type of yoga is known to increase the bonding between the owner and his dog. Adorable, isn’t it?

Karaoke yoga

Developed by Los Angeles based yoga instructor, Jennifer Pastiloff, Karaoke yoga is a whole lot of fun. After all, this type of yoga gives its students a chance to stretch their limbs and use their vocal chords. The class has TV screens that display the lyrics of the songs—much like any other karaoke session. This one’s not so much about poses: instead, it concentrates on enjoyment and shedding your inhibitions. However, it sure is a form of workouts as it involves longer exhales, sweating, dancing and of course, yoga!

Harmonica yoga

Yoga with a musical instrument? Yes, please! Harmonica yoga is when the students play the harmonica while performing yoga poses. Since it is done with a harmonica in the mouth, this yoga is largely based on the control of breath thereby working on one’s mindfulness. The perfect tool to reducing stress and interpersonal communication, this form of yoga makes for a fun and fantastic workout session.

Wheelchair yoga

This type of yoga is a great form of workout for those with limited mobility. It includes performing poses like the cat stretch, cow pose and eagle pose with ease on the wheelchair. In this type of yoga, you can even modify many yoga poses to suit a person on a wheelchair. It has been found that this activity has lowered the stress and pain in many patients as it induces physical activity in those who never imagined themselves doing yoga!

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I have this superpower of buying everything and anything related to cats because I strongly believe that cats are greater than human beings. Amidst all of these thoughts, I take time out to write about food, fitness and beauty - something that makes my job so much fun!
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